Over the weekend, OpenTable sent diners a recap of their 2012 year in dining. Covering everything from how many reservations you made, the reviews you wrote, and how many Dining Cheques you received, the emails prompted a slew of fun tweets. Diners shared fond memories from the past year, boasted of their number of reservations (some as high as 90), and vowed to dine out even more in 2013. Thanks to @Dontignoretruth (aka Mark Lucas) for joining in the conversation.
Food and dining news from around the web and the world…
* New year, new food apps. Here are eight recommendations for ways to make your mobile device more delish. [Forbes]
* Restaurants will get more social in 2013. Find out which social channels you should tune in to to follow your fave places. [NRN]
* From the ‘Parents Behaving Badly’ files: A woman changes her baby’s diaper on a dining table at a restaurant. [Detroit News]
* Is counter service all it’s cracked up to be? Hanna Raskin thinks not. [Seattle Weekly]
* There’s a chef who’s hazing his fellow chefs in a very odiferous way. Guesses? [Jezebel]
Confession: When I dine or drink out, my phone is almost always next to me on the table or the bar (Awful, right?). I like snapping pics of food, checking in, tweeting about where I eat, and so on. But, really, I do feel bad about it. I should be more present. Pay attention to my dining companion. Soak up my surroundings. Rely on my memory and not the IMDB app to figure out if it was Jill Eikenberry from L.A. Law or Catherine Hicks from 7th Heaven who starred opposite William Shatner in Star Trek IV (It was Hicks, if you’re wondering).
The restaurateurs behind Eva restaurant in West Hollywood have had similar thoughts and are giving diners the opportunity to check their mobile phones at the door in exchange for a 5% discount. Would you take them up on this inspired offer? Weigh in on today’s poll!
The only way we like to use the phone to make restaurant reservations is when we’re using one of OpenTable’s mobile apps. Smiling and dialing is for telemarketers — not hungry diners, like Adam McFarland.